The betting odds in hockey stand out a bit more over the next several days, with no NBA regular season games until next Thursday and a lighter fare in the college basketball ranks today.
Last evening was crazy time in the National Hockey League. If you are one that wishes hockey would have more scoring, last night was a true bonanza, with all nine games going Over the NHL odds! If you are a totals player who prefers to play Under’s, we feel for you.
Time to move ahead to today and we have trio of NHL picks we really like tonight and hope not to get zapped again in OT like San Jose did last night, leaving us 13-23 beyond regulation for these daily choices.
With the hockey season now in its fifth month, Montreal’s campaign has been to two very different chunks. The Canadiens (27-28 SU) as of Dec. 2nd had the most points in the NHL with a 19-4-3 record. What followed next for fans of the Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge was a nightmare of unusual proportions and seldom ever witness in the league, as over the next 63 days Montreal was the worst team in the NHL at 5-21 SU. Having won three in a row, the Canadiens arrive in Buffalo (21-34 SU) confident they can make a playoff push over the next two months.
Confidence is a fickle friend, but Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec has led the offensive charge, tallying three goals and five assists in the last four games after going scoreless in the previous six. The Habs face a Sabres squad whose confidence is shot playing the First Niagara Center, with one victory in past 11 games. Sometimes it just comes down to how you fell and what you are thinking which is why Montreal at -130 looks sharp.
Free Pick – Montreal wins
One aspect that makes betting hockey very challenging is the lack of transparency about injuries. Yesterday was perfect example as goalie James Quick was late scratch. Los Angeles (32-21 SU) might have gone on to lose anyways to the Islanders, but with no Quick, would not have recommend the Kings.
With Quick expected to miss another game with undisclosed injury, Jhonas Enroth or Peter Budaj will have to take on a New York Rangers outfit (21-23 SU) who has gotten its offensive groove on since beating shutout at Ottawa six games ago and has average 3.3 goals a contest in posting 5-1 record. The Rangers have relied on each other in the absence of Rich Nash and captain Ryan McDonagh, who are both out and played truly as a team. “When you miss some of your top people, it’s an opportunity for some other guys to step up,” coach Alain Vigneault said.